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Jason Grill is a former two-term member of the Missouri House of Representatives, attorney, national political, business, and sports contributor/analyst (television, radio, writing), entrepreneur, sports and entrepreneur/tech radio host, adjunct professor, and owner of JGrill Media, LLC. At JGrill Media, Jason is active in public affairs strategies & relations, media relations, communications, government relations & affairs, influence management, and political, business, nonprofit and startup consulting. Jason is a practicing attorney in Missouri and Kansas. He currently writes for The Huffington Post, Politico, Politix (Topix), The Recovering Politician, KC Business Magazine, is an analyst for WDAF Fox 4, and host of the Entrepreneur KC Show on the KMBZ Business Channel. Jason cohosted the Fantasy Football Show on Sports Radio 810 WHB. Jason sits on the advisory board of Neighbor.ly and the Partnership for Technology Innovation. Jason is the Co-Founder of Sock 101. More information on Jason Grill.

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Jason Grill was elected in 2006 to represent Kansas City, Missouri and surrounding municipalities in the Missouri House of Representatives. Jason attended Saint Louis University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and a minor in Political Science. While at SLU, Jason studied International Economics in Rome, Italy through the University of Loyola-Chicago. During college, Jason worked at the Kansas City Law Firm of Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP, the St. Louis Law Firm of Thompson Coburn LLP, and at The White House in Washington D.C. where he served as an assistant to Vice President Al Gore’s Senior Advisor & President Bill Clinton’s Advisor for Urban Redevelopment and Economic Policy, Alvin Brown (Currently the Mayor of Jacksonville, Florida).

After graduating from SLU, Jason attended the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. While at Mizzou, Jason earned an Advanced Certificate in Dispute Resolution. Jason went back to Washington D.C. during law school where he worked at the CNN Washington D.C. Bureau. In this capacity, Jason was the top assistant to Senior Political and Economic Correspondent Brooks Jackson (Currently the Director of Factcheck.org). Jason is a licensed member of the Missouri and Kansas Bar and has worked as a practicing attorney in Kansas City with various firms. In addition he has served as an Adjunct Professor at Park University where he has taught undergraduate and MBA graduate level courses in law, politics, and economics.

In 2006, at the age of 27, Jason was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives. Jason won by 60-40 percent margin in a heavily contested open seat race. Jason won every precinct in the Missouri House District on his way to victory. In his first session in the Missouri House of Representatives, Jason was unanimously elected as Treasurer of the Bipartisan Freshman Member Caucus. Jason was the only freshman member of the minority party to sponsor and pass a bill in the Missouri House, as well as the only freshman member of the minority party to handle and pass a senate bill during the 2007 legislative session. Jason served on the Tax Reform, Small Business, Health Insurance, and Senior Nutrition Committees in his first term. In 2008, the Missouri House passed legislation that Jason sponsored, which was signed into law by then former Governor Matt Blunt (R), which has fought identity theft in Missouri and has provided protection to consumers who have been the victims of identity theft. In his 2008 reelection to the Missouri House of Representatives, Jason garnered 97 percent of the vote. He received more votes then any other State Representative candidate in his party statewide. In 2009, Jason was appointed and served on the Judiciary, Ways and Means, Financial Institutions (Banking), and Real ID and Personal Privacy Committees. In 2010, the Missouri Legislature passed legislation sponsored by Jason, which was signed into law by Governor Jay Nixon (D), which expands access for families and children to life-changing autism diagnosis, treatment, and therapy. In 2010, Jason lost his bid for a third term, 50-49 percent, in a heavily leaning Republican district during the national Republican tidal wave.

For his work, Jason has been recognized and received awards such as:

• KC Man of Year 2011 – KC Connections – Raised $3,000 for Autism Speaks – April 2011
• Distinguished Recent Graduate Award – University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law – September 2010
• Rising Star – KC Business Magazine – February 2010 issue – “The Future of Kansas City Business Lies in the Hands of Jason Grill”
• Voted KC’s “Best Local Politician” and featured in the September 2008 issue of KC Magazine
• Named 1 of 40 Up and Coming Lawyers in Missouri by Missouri Lawyers Weekly in July 2008
• Advocacy Award - Autism Society of America (2010)/Advocacy Award – Autism Speaks (2011)
• Family of the Year-St. Therese Catholic Church Knights of Columbus Council #7199 (2005)

Jason is an avid Missouri Tigers, Sporting KC, Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals, Chicago Cubs, Liverpool, and fantasy sports fan. Jason hopes to one day go to a World Cup, run a marathon, travel as much as possible, work on his golf game, and hopefully see one of his beloved teams win a championship in person.

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What Type of Tech Job Applicants Offer the Best Performance

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2014 | 8:52 AM

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As the tech job sector continues to grow in the United States there is a constant competition going on between employers to get the best talent available. However, there is a true disconnect between many businesses looking to hire talent and what the...

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Big Data Meets Fantasy Football

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 2:33 AM

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Fantasy football is right around the corner. The summer months will pass and before you know it people from across the country will be joining friends to draft their 2014 teams. The Fantasy Sports Trade Association estimates that nearly 32 million...

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3 Ways Failure Can Help Build a Business and Mistakes to Avoid

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 10:41 AM

Growing up I always admired the play of Michael Jordan. In my opinion, he is the best basketball player of all-time. However, at the time he was playing professional basketball I never imagined him to ever be a failure or make mistakes. Recently, I came across this quote from Michael...

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Kansas City Man Predicts ESurance Super Bowl Commercial Winner Before Announcement

(1) Comments | Posted February 8, 2014 | 4:34 PM

Esurance, a car insurance provider, stole the thunder of every media giant that ponied up $4 million for a :30 second spot in this year's Super Bowl by running a brilliant campaign around Twitter. Esurance gave away $1.5 million to a single Twitter user who tweeted the hashtag #EsuranceSave30 between...

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Meet the Man Behind Wearable Computing

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 11:17 AM

Much of the talk at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014, the largest conference of gadget geeks in America, was about wearable computing. Wearable computing dominated the international conference in Las Vegas, Nevada; however, no one really talks about the man we all owe a round of applause to for this...

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Corporations and Startups No Longer Strange Bedfellows

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 2:06 PM

The words entrepreneur and startup have had a great run of late. A study of Census Bureau data analyzed by scholars at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation has demonstrated that virtually all net new job creation over the past three decades has come from true startups...

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Kansas City Is Becoming a Mecca for Big Technology Names

(1) Comments | Posted November 3, 2013 | 5:51 PM

Kansas City has always been an entrepreneurial city.

Companies such as Hallmark, Sprint, DST, Cerner, H&R Block, Garmin and Russell Stover Candies all call Kansas City home. However, a true renaissance in entrepreneurship and a...

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How the Missouri Tigers Will Fare in Year Two in the SEC

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 9:30 PM

The 2013 college football season has begun and the University of Missouri is entering year two in the best football conference in America, the SEC. Finally...it's football season. Ok, so I was a little off on my Missouri Tigers football predictions for their first...

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Content Marketing Is the New Black

(5) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 12:05 PM

In the last few years the words "content marketing" have become buzzwords in the corporate business, marketing, digital and media space. But what is it really? Content marketing as defined by the Content Marketing Institute (CMI):

Content marketing is a marketing technique of creating and distributing relevant...
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How Three U.S. Presidents Reacted to Adversity and the Media

(4) Comments | Posted June 2, 2013 | 7:01 PM

Throughout history many politicians and elected officials have dealt with being baited by their adversaries and the media in very different ways. Some have allowed them to dominate their mindset and hold them back on what they were trying to accomplish, while others have kept their head down and remained...

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Top 5 Takeaways From the First Big Kansas City

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2013 | 12:13 PM

Last week, Silicon Prairie News held its inaugural Big Kansas City event at historic Hanger 9 in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Silicon Prairie News is known throughout technology, startup, innovation and entrepreneur circles for their other Big Series events in Omaha, NE and Des...

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SXSW... a Bucket List Event

(1) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 5:49 PM

Recently, I trekked down to Austin, Texas for the 2013 version of the South by Southwest "SXSW" conference and festival. Having been to Austin before I already knew what to expect from the city. Great downtown, food and culture. After all, Austin is the

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Kansas City Is Building America's Most Entrepreneurial City

(17) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 12:18 PM

Earlier this year I wrote one of my first piece's for the Huffington Post entitled "Flyover Country? Not this Kansas City." The column focused on many of the incredible things happening on Silicon Prairie. Since then Kansas City has continued to impress with its unbelievable momentum in...

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2012 Presidential Race Predictions State by State

(32) Comments | Posted November 4, 2012 | 7:47 PM

In a race that looks to be almost too close to call sometimes the little things like the "Redskin Rule" can give a candidate hope. The rule states that when the Washington Redskins lose their final game before the presidential election the party that lost the popular vote in the...

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Missouri Football Will Be Competitive in the SEC

(31) Comments | Posted August 28, 2012 | 12:07 PM

The time has come Missouri Tiger fans. This is for real now. The 2012 football season starts on Saturday and the University of Missouri football team will be competing in its first year in the Southeastern Athletic Conference. The ride through the years of...

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Want Mobile App Users? Social Sharing Is a Must

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2012 | 3:26 PM

One of the biggest challenges facing mobile application developers today is obtaining the right exposure to their app, which will result in actual downloads. There are over 600,000 mobile apps alone in the iTunes store alone. Very rarely does a new app make it to the top of a category...

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Crowdfunding Civic Infrastructure? The Next Big Thing

(2) Comments | Posted July 9, 2012 | 1:16 PM

Kickstarter has become a mainstream Internet mechanism where individuals can donate money in advance to help with funding an idea or platform and get a perk or product in return. Innovative recent Kickstarter projects such as the Pebble Smart Watch, Elevation Dock and Brydge...

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Mitt Romney's VP Odds: Preakness Style

(1) Comments | Posted May 18, 2012 | 1:01 PM

The 137th running of the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of horse racing's Triple Crown, is this Saturday at Pimlico race track in Baltimore, Maryland. The Preakness can either destroy the dreams of the Kentucky Derby winner's team or it can set up drama like no...

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Not Your Older Brother's MLS: Soccer Matters America

(31) Comments | Posted April 23, 2012 | 11:07 PM

First things first. We're talking about Major League Soccer not Multiple Listing Service here. However, soccer in America is taking up major real estate as it is a league and a sport that is on the rise. A recent report shows that Major League Soccer's...

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Flyover Country? Not This Kansas City

(24) Comments | Posted April 10, 2012 | 8:00 AM

Farms, cows and Dorothy? Try entrepreneurship, high tech and the arts.

The Kansas City Metropolitan area is becoming the envy of individuals on the East and West coasts who have long since considered it merely flyover country. The City of Fountains has been praised as a great place...

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